Apologies for the relative brevity of this weekly recap, as this weekend I find myself in Pittsburgh making my annual trip to visit the parent Penguins. Next week, the recap will return in full with all the usual informatIon I have tried to provide you each week.
December 6: WBS 0 @ Lehigh Valley 5
Let’s...just go ahead and forget this one happened. PTO goalie Anthony Peters started the game, but only could record 15 saves on 19 shots before being replaced by Sean Maguire. Mikhail Vorobyev, Corban Knight, Oskar Lindblom, Tyrell Goulbourne, and Matt Read scored for the Phantoms.
December 8: Charlotte 2 @ WBS 1
Maguire got the start in net on Friday night, recording 28 saves on 30 shots, but his counterpart Jeremy Smith managed 22 saves on 23 shots for the Checkers road win. Daniel Sprong scored the lone goal for WBS at 0:37 of the third period just three seconds into a power play, but WBS could not convert on any of the other 6 opportunities they received.
December 10: WBS 4 @ Hershey 1
WBS closed the week visiting a tired Hershey Bears side that had just gone through back to back meetings against the Phantoms. Fueled by three goals in the first 12:06 of the first period, WBS cruised to a 4-1 win behind 18 saves by Sean Maguire on 19 Bears shots. Maguire only conceded Tyler Graovac’s 3rd of the season in the final minute of the first period, while WBS was paced by goals from former Bear Christian Thomas, Sprong, Thomas DiPauli, and Zach Trotman’s first for WBS.
After temporarily falling to fourth place in the Atlantic following the Charlotte loss on Friday, WBS closes the week 14-7-1-1 for a .652 percentage, good for third place. Providence holds the top spot at .700, followed by Charlotte at .660. Nipping at WBS’s heels are the Phantoms at .635, followed by Bridgeport at .542, Hershey at .500, Hartford at .463, and Springfield at .375.
WBS hosts Springfield on Wednesday, December 13, at 7:05 pm EST, then visit Hartford on Friday, December 15 at 7:15 pm EST, then visit Bridgeport on Saturday, December 16 at 7:00 pm EST.